I was looking for something new to add to my Halloween recipe collection when a friend gave me the idea of a scary eyeball cake, after I made a yogurt and berry cake that ended up looking rather...bloody. I started experimenting with a way to create one. I had the berry cake portion that makes the exterior of the eyeball figured out. It was the interior part of the eyeball that was causing me problems.
You've probably seen the cute Easter snacks you can make that don't exactly resemble the picture. These peeps really do turn out like the picture and are super easy to make.
Boil your eggs the way you normally would. Peel the eggs and dip in dyes like you would an Easter egg (make sure you use a dye that doesn't require vinegar. Ick!). You can cut them in half and remove the yolks first, but it isn't necessary. I did it that way so that I could make the filling while the eggs soaked in dye. Make your deviled egg filling and stuff the colored shells, putting a cap on each peep. I used tiny slivers of carrot for the noses and black olives for the eyes. See? Simple!
Most of us feel like we live in the Arctic right now as we enjoy the latest Polar Vortex activity in the lower 48. It's time to bring out a snack. This polar bear is yummy and easy-to-make. I made these for a library program about the Arctic. The kids ate 'em up.
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When the holidays arrive, I tend to forget about anything but baking cookies and making fun holiday edibles. This year is no different. I started first with my favorite, sugar cookies. Last year, while visiting an Amish store, I ran across some nice cookie cutters that I thought would be a great addition to my collection, which consisted of some very small cookie cutters and some giant cookie cutters. The giant cookie cutters I used when I was a library supervisor of college work-study students years ago. I used to make each student one giant cookie complete with all the fancy decorations. The new cookie cutters were a medium size, a mitten and a snowflake. I figured that even when Christmas was over and the winter lingered, I could still use them and they wouldn't be inappropriate. I made these cookies to eat at home. Maybe I'd let my husband have one or two.
I am a writer of Children's and Young Adult books. I received my MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, and am an active member of SCBWI. I also have my MLS in Library Science with an emphasis on children and happily worked as a Children's Librarian for nearly 20 years. One of my favorite activities was reading books aloud to kids, especially to school-aged kids. Like the kids, I enjoy having stories read to me, so I listen to many of my books on audio and serve on audio judging committees.
Another favorite activity is creating fun snacks for library programs, friends, and family. I do that a lot and continually search for more ideas.
I have a very large Russian Blue mix cat named Bosley from the shelter, and a rescue dog named Prince Albert. He's a Cavapoo, which means he's part Cavalier King Charles and part poodle, and adorable. I am married and live in Dayton, Ohio with my husband Rod.
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